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World Suicide Prevention Day

Eman Khalid

Posted on September 8, 2020 21:58

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Every year since 2003, on September 10, the International Association for Suicide Prevention organises and observes World Suicide Prevention Day. This day aims to diminish the stigma surrounding the word 'suicide' and to raise awareness -- especially amongst the youth -- to the fact that suicide can be prevented. It is a day when the victims of suicide are remembered, and mental health treatment is promoted.

Suicide. When you hear this word, all you can think of is a person with a broken heart and a shattered spirit. All you can think about is a person who ended his life with his own hands, a person who was fed up with waking up every day, only to hide his genuine emotions behind a mask. Every year since 2003, on September 10, the International Association for Suicide Prevention organises and observes World Suicide Prevention Day. This day aims to remove the stigma surrounding the word 'suicide,' and to raise awareness -- especially amongst the youth -- to the fact that suicide can be prevented. It is a day when the victims of suicide are remembered, and mental health treatment is promoted. 

In my home country, there is a social stigma revolving around the word 'suicide.' The topic of mental health is rarely discussed, and those who dare to speak up about their deteriorating mental health are often shunned and called "crazy." Then, the same people who dismiss these cries for help act surprised when their loved ones end up taking their own lives.

According to the World Health Organization, almost 800,000 people die from suicide every year, and 79% of global suicides occur in low-income and middle-income countries. In addition, suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 15 and 19, and most of these individuals were either bullied or suffered from some sort of trauma. The uncanny thing is that most people who are suicidal will usually give off definite warnings. However, the people around them are often unaware of the suicidal warning signs that these victims display. 

Even though it is impossible to completely eliminate suicide from this world, you can still help prevent it by educating yourself on the topic. Tell yourself that it is okay to be depressed and to seek help from a professional psychiatrist. Please do not call someone crazy if they tell you about the feelings in their heart. Instead, listen to them, talk to them, and remind them that no matter how unworthy they might feel, their life matters. It is truly disheartening to see an individual with a beautiful soul calling himself worthless. Advocating for and talking about mental health is easy, but none of it matters if you don’t reach out to the ones who are in dire need of help.

You cannot go out and change the entire world in a single day, but you can start with one person. And believe me when I tell you this; one person does make a difference. You can be that person for someone close to you, someone you live with, or even someone you work with. Even a single word of motivation or encouragement can stop them from taking drastic measures. On World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, promise yourself to speak a kind word, whether it be to a stranger on the street, or to a friend you meet. Who knows, even the smallest word of kindness might be enough to save someone's life.

Eman Khalid

Posted on September 8, 2020 21:58

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